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Police: Mother of missing child not cooperating with authorities

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia police have had no luck locating a one and a half year old boy, who has missing for more than a month.

On Monday, Chief Randy Scott said the investigation into the disappearance of young Amir Jennings now involves state and federal authorities.

"Ms. Jennings has not been very cooperative and very inconsistent with law enforcement," said Chief Scott.

Authorities say since her bond hearing over the weekend that continues to be the case with 22-year-old Zinah Jennings, who is the young mother of 18 month old Amir Jennings whose whereabouts are still unknown.

"She's still giving us inconsistent stories," said Scott. "And it's unfortunate. Our main concern is the whereabouts and safety of this child right now. And that, we just don't have any concrete idea."

Zinah Jennings is being held on 150 thousand dollars bond, charged with child cruelty.

Investigators say her son has not been seen since Thanksgiving.

Columbia police have been monitoring the situation since December 8th when the boy's grandmother filed a missing persons report.

They located Zinah Jennings 17 days later early on Christmas Eve and quite by accident.

Police say she was involved in a crash that wrecked her car at Millwood and Lady Street, not far from her mother's home.

Chief Randy Scott says when Zinah Jennings was asked about her son, who was not in the car she gave conflicting stories.

"She said at one hand, the baby was in Atlanta and in the other hand, the baby was in Charlotte," said Scott. "We're researching both of those ideas but you know this is a child. So I didn't want to take anything to chance. I called in every resource that was possible."

And so, Scott has notified the State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI.

He also wants anyone who might have information about Amir or might be concealing him to know they could be facing their own charges if they fail to step forward.

"If you have Amir, you need to call law enforcement immediately," said Scott. "If you have seen Amir, you need to call us immediately. This is a criminal investigation at this point."

In an incident report filed about three weeks ago, the suspect's mother Jocelyn Jennings told police her daughter had been making "cryptic" phone calls to her family indicating she had an ongoing battle with depression.


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